Remembering Chief Qwatsinas
We shall miss his teachings, his profound wisdom, and his unwavering example of resilience. He could not be bought; he proudly lived in humble surroundings with few material comforts and no financial security. Instead he called upon the great wealth of our lands to provide: fish, game and berries for food and trees for fuel for heat and timber, which he gathered and milled with his own hands, for shelter. He has set a high standard of integrity; humble yet powerful, quiet yet profound.
|The Moody Potlatch Chief Qwatsinas Memorial
Qwatsinas dearly and will carry out his wishes and his dreams for all
Nuxalkmcs to strengthen our Way of Life.
Tributes to Chief Qwatsinas
My deepest sympathies for the passing
of Qwatsinas. . . My thoughts and prayers are with the Nuxalk people
in this time of profound sadness. May the soul of Qwatsinas be carried
swiftly back to the Creator and may it continue to provide strength and
inspiration to all those who remain behind in the mortal world, carrying
on with humility his great legacy of justice, peace, and the protection
of the land and sea that give life to us all.
Right: "Chief Qwatsinas
is a man among men, a human who walked this Earth with a purpose inherited
through his hereditary title as Chief: to steward the land, waters and
life of his traditional territory and to exemplify the true role we all
have as humans in relation to this planet. . .
Right: "I was saddened
to learn of the loss of this great chief, not only for family and the
Nuxalk People, but for the world as we know it." Harriet Kuhnlein,
Professor of Human Nutrition and Founding Director, Centre for Indigenous
Peoples Nutrition and Environment, McGill University.
Right: "Edward was a gift sent to us and we are very lucky for all that he taught us and for all that he provided to us. He has touched all of our lives for the past work he has done in keeping us out of the Treaty Processs for we are a Nation. . . the Nuxalk Nation and he helped many of us to be proud of who we are and who we will remain" Marureen Talllio.
Right: "I would like to express
my deepest condolences also on behalf of our human rights organisations
in Austria (Working Circle Indians of North America) and Switzerland
(INcomindios)" Peter Schwarzbauer.
Right: "Qwatsinas taught me that we are part of the forest and what we do to the forest we ultimately do to ourselves and each other . . . he has been part of a ground swell for change in how Indigenous people's rights are recognized and respected" Herb Hammond, Siva Ecosystem Consultants.
"In Gedenken an Chief Qwatsinas"
Solveig Lubeley, Qwatsinas, Lydia Kroll, Germany, 1998
Hereditary Chief Qwatsinas (Edward Moody) ist international für seinen Einsatz für den Great Bear Rainforest und indianische Landrechte bekannt. Zwischen 1996 und 2002 reiste er mehrfach auch durch Deutschland mit der Initiative 2000plus, Urgewald und der Totempfahl Tour von Greenpeace. Er war ein Visionär, der den Einsatz der Nuxalk für Landrechte und Erhalt der Natur in ihrem Stammesgebiet international bekannt machte. Dabei dachte er stets über die Anliegen die Nuxalk hinaus und vernetzte sich mit indigenen Gruppen weltweit. Im Sommer 2010 verließ ihn unerwartet seine Kraft; am 31. August 2010 starb er nach kurzer schwerer Krebserkrankung in Bella Coola.
takes an important part in our exhibition about paper, forests and environment,
touring through Germany since 2004. . . he can be seen in his traditional
garment and speaking to the public about forest destruction for paper
that is going to Europe"AKU (Council for Northern Primaeval Forests)
Chief Qwatsinas, Chief of the Nuxalk, was a great visionary who strove tirelessly for justice and the protection of nature. He fought with great commitment for the preservation of the forests and the rights of his people. Qwatsinas was a driving force behind the international campaign for the protection of the Great Bear Rainforest. His courage and deep love for his people as well as the beings who can't speak for themselves have changed the world.
ein Häuptling, ein Anführer und Antreiber, ein Visionär
und ein großer Kämpfer gegen die Willkür der Holzindustrie
und Regierungvertreter . . . Er starb nach wenigen Tagen einer erst kurz
zuvor entdeckten Erkrankung – wohl bezeichnend für sein intensives